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Sandra Wasserman Family Counseling

Therapy for Adults, Children, and Families
2890 Pio Pico Dr, Suite 102
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 271-9467

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Bilingual Therapist, speaking both English and Spanish!

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Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed out?
  • Are panic attacks or anxiety attacks preventing you from enjoying life to the fullest?
  • Is depression or sadness impacting your quality of life?
  • Do you feel your life is spinning out of control?
  • Do you have difficulty communicating with others at home or at work?
  • Are you struggling to cope with a child with special needs?
  • Is your special needs child having difficulty communicating with you?
  • Are you having difficulty as a parent communicating with your children?
  • Are you having difficulty setting and maintaining limits with your children?
  • Are you or your children dealing with a transition in life, such as divorce or loss?

I have 10 years of experience in counseling and psychotherapy, and I can help!    In my practice, I have found that people’s thoughts and feelings shape their outlook on life, and directly influences their ability to enjoy life each and every day.    I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral therapy, which I use with adults and teenagers.  This form of therapy will help shape your thoughts and feelings into a more positive direction.  I have had much success in treating adults suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, and anger management issues using this form of treatment.   Some specific benefits of therapy to adults and teenagers are:

  • Feeling more relaxed, less stressed, and less anxious about life
  • Learning Relaxation and Breathing Techniques
  • Regaining control of your life!
  • Improving your quality of life!

I have spent much of my practice working with children, including children with special needs.  This includes children on the Autism spectrum, and children with ADD / ADHD.   In children, I often find that anxiety, anger, sadness and depression, impacts their school work, and it impacts their relationships at home and with friends.  Children may be withdrawn, not eating well, not sleeping well, and they may have low self-esteem and self confidence.  Most importantly, when a family has a child with special needs, or when any child is struggling or having difficulties, the entire family system becomes stressed.  I know this because I am a parent of a special needs child.  I offer the tools to help the entire family system to communicate more effectively, and to develop in children and adults the strategies necessary to cope with everyday life.  Children and Families will see the following benefits from therapy:

  • Better understanding by children of their anger triggers and emotions, leading to improved communication with family and friends
  • Learning behavioral techniques for children, helping them to deal with emotions
  • Improved parenting skills
  • Learning new techniques for engaging with your children, to improve communication
  • Learning how to better communicate with children with special needs
  • Learning how to help your children with ADD / ADHD to be successful in life
  • Improving your children’s impulse and self control to be successful in life
  • Make your children successful in life!

I also specialize in using Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy with children.  Play Therapy is especially appropriate for children 3-12 years old.  Play Therapy is the primary intervention used for anger management, grief, loss, family issues or divorce, and for treating trauma (for example, a child being bitten by a dog).  It is also particularly effective in helping children with special needs.  Play is a natural tool that children use to express themselves.  Its fun, its uplifting, and it provides a way for children to communicate verbally or non-verbally about issues that are affecting them.   Through Play and through the Sand Tray, children have a safe place to develop the skills they need to make positive changes in their lives.



 

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